'The Public Trust Is Gone': Jim Jordan Urges Rosenstein to Appoint 2nd Special Counsel
Republican Jim Jordan pressed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday morning to appoint a second special counsel to investigate allegations of anti-Trump bias within Robert Mueller's team.
Jordan focused in on the newly-released text messages from 2016 between agent Peter Strzok and another FBI official with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok, who was demoted and removed from Mueller's team over the summer, expressed his support for Hillary Clinton, calling Trump a "f***ing idiot" and a "d**che" and writing "F TRUMP."
Jordan (R-Ohio) read a slew of the messages, claiming Strzok believed himself to be "super-agent James Bond at the FBI" on a mission to protect Americans from Trump.
"This is unbelievable," he told Rosenstein, asking what "fact pattern" would be necessary for a second special counsel to conduct a separate investigation.
"I think the public trust in this whole thing is gone," said Jordan.
Rosenstein said the inspector general has 500 employees and a $100 million budget and is conducting a "thorough review." He said that review led to the text messages and to Strzok being removed from Mueller's team.
Jordan said in his view, the evidence points to the FBI and the Obama Justice Department working with the Clinton campaign against the Trump campaign.
At a House hearing last week, Jordan grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray, alleging that Strzok brought the infamous Trump-Russia dossier to a FISA court to obtain clearance for surveillance on members of the Trump campaign.
Watch the exchange above.